MARINERS CONFIRM PLAYOFFS WITH A POINT AT COLNE

Marine draw for the third game running, as Owen Watkinson’s first half header was cancelled out late on by Dean Ing.  

Neil Young once again started with three centre backs, seeing Dean Winnard join Mark Howarth and James Devine in defence, in place of Olly Muir, who missed out through illness. Jack Dunn also returned after a spell out injured.  

Midfielder Alex Doyle was the first to test the goalkeeper, as his driven effort from the edge of the box was beaten away well by Daniel Thorpe.  

Doyle once again tried his luck from a similar position, this time his looping volley travelled narrowly wide.  

Colne had chances of their own at the other end, with Mark Howarth clearing Dean Ing’s effort off the line.  

However, in the process of clearing his lines, Howarth rolled his ankle and was unable to continue, forcing Marine into an early change which saw Luke Clark enter the pitch.  

There were Colne shouts for Devine to receive a red card, after his two-foot challenge left Prince Haywood on the deck, but referee Zharir Mustafa brandished a yellow.  

On the stroke of half time, Marine took the lead, with Clark’s first involvement seeing him play a magnificent lofted ball through to Owen Watkinson, who saw his header loop over Thorpe and into the net.  

Into half time and Marine held a slender lead. Though both sides had opportunities to establish a healthy winning margin, Watkinson’s goal was the difference maker thus far. 

With the second half underway, Marine looked to solidify their lead, as Watkinson and Kengni darted down the left wing frequently.  

Watkinson was on the receiving end of some rough treatment from the Reds, which saw Haywood appear to strike the forward with an elbow, as well as a firm challenge from Tommy Lent which resulted in a booking. 

Colne’s right back Haywood had a lively game for the home side and almost scored an equaliser in the 68th minute, but his left footed shot evaded the right post.  

Watkinson had a chance to add a second to his tally, going one-on-one with Thorpe, but the stopper stood his ground to deny Marine’s number seven.  

Inside the final ten minutes, Colne found the leveller after a spell of sustained pressure, as substitute Aaron Turner crossed towards the back post, where Ing was waiting to fire a header past Bayleigh Passant. 

A few minutes late and the Lancashire side were reduced to ten men, after two quick-fire yellow cards for Charlie Russell saw him sent off for dissent. 

Marine were unable to make their numerical advantage in the closing stages count, as they were held to a draw for the third game running.  

Next up for Marine is a huge home game against Workington, who sit second in the NPL West.  

Marine: Passant, Devine, Lynch (Hughes), Howarth (Clark), Winnard, Doyle, Watkinson (Adams), Wignall, Cummins, Dunn, Kengni 

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